The Steering Council oversees all aspects of the workings of the Network. The terms of reference for the Steering Council are as follows:

  1. Ensure that the Vision and Mission of the SPOR Network are fulfilled through a strategic, accountable, committed leadership and management functions;
  2. Through the skill-based and partnership governance structure, create the highest quality oversight, communication, support and guidance for the conduct of the patient-oriented research goals using best (corporate) governance principles;
  3. Develop appropriate agreement and memorandum documents articulating terms suitable for membership in the SPOR Network including specific description of participation and co-investment of resource (time, expertise, infrastructure and revenues);
  4. Enable strict financial oversight using standard accounting and auditing measures;
  5. Promote strategic partnership relationships with inaugural (core) and new members (academic, public and private) of the SPOR Network with sensitivity to balancing gender, age, language (French, English);
  6. Incorporate local academic and clinical nodes of the Network in strategic project development, implementation and evaluation;
  7. Monitor governance performance including excellence and sustainability of the leadership, management and engagement of the participating members;
  8. Manage conflict of interest through appropriate processes including necessary agreements establish for all aspects of governance and research partnerships.


Members of the Steering Council

king-malcolmKing, Malcolm (Steering Council Chair)
Scientific Director, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research






Boileau, Luc

President-Director General
Institut National d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS)


Finegood, Diane
Centre for Dialogue and Semester in Dialogue
Simon Fraser University



Gray, Ross
Patient Representative




hux-jan-pngHux, Jan
Chief Scientific Advisor
Diabetes Canada
Patient Representative



prowten-daveProwten, Dave
President and CEO
JDRF Canada
Patient Representative



sissmore-debbieSissmore, Debbie
Patient Representative




sullivan-terrenceSullivan, Terrence
Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health (CADTH)




witteman-hollyWitteman, Holly
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Université Laval
Patient Representative




 Baird, Roslynn
Executive Director
Indigenous Diabetes  Health Circle




*Additional Members – TBA



Jean-Pierre DesprésDesprés, Jean-Pierre
Co-Academic Lead, Diabetes Action Canada;
Professor of Kinesiology, Université Laval




 Lewis, Gary
 Co-Academic Lead, Diabetes Action Canada;
Director, Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC)
University of Toronto



Whiteside, Catharine
Executive Director, Diabetes Action Canada;
Professor Emerita & Former Dean of Medicine
University of Toronto




Administrative Support to the Steering Council:

mlMildred Lim

Business Officer, Diabetes Action Canada





Tracy McQuire

Manager Research Operations, Diabetes Action Canada